Health knowledge made personal
Join this community!
› Share page:
Go
Search posts:

Community Service ...

Posted Oct 04 2009 11:10pm

Community Service

Published 12 November 2006funnyComments

I thought I would share with you a short conversation that happened between me and an 11 year old girl (we’ll call her Alice) who attends the youth group I run every week. The actual conversation happened well over a year ago, but has stuck in my memory ever since.

Alice: “Where does our subs money go, Spaniel”.

Spaniel: “It helps to pay for the cost of renting the hall for the year, Alice.”

*thoughtful pause*

Alice: “Do the Council make you come and run the youth group every week?”

Spaniel: *completely stunned by the question, but rallying fast* “No, Alice – I run it because I want to. “

Alice: “What? For free?”

Spaniel: “Yes, for free. I give up my time voluntarily to do this!”

Alice: *furrows brow* “You’re weird.”

At the end of the conversation, Alice skipped over to join her friends, and left me standing there, replaying the conversation. Did Alice think I was here serving out some Community Service Sentence? What on earth had made her think of such a thing?

And then I realised – if I wasn’t being paid to be here, and I wasn’t here under some kind of duress, if I hadn’t been made to do this by some authority or other; what other possible reason on earth would there be for me to turn up every week? 

I think it tells me rather a lot about Alice and how she sees the world.

I think it tells you rather a lot about me, too…..

I thought I would share with you a short conversation that happened between me and an 11 year old girl (we’ll call her Alice) who attends the youth group I run every week. The actual conversation happened well over a year ago, but has stuck in my memory ever since.

Alice: “Where does our subs money go, Spaniel”.

Spaniel: “It helps to pay for the cost of renting the hall for the year, Alice.”

*thoughtful pause*

Alice: “Do the Council make you come and run the youth group every week?”

Spaniel: *completely stunned by the question, but rallying fast* “No, Alice – I run it because I want to. “

Alice: “What? For free?”

Spaniel: “Yes, for free. I give up my time voluntarily to do this!”

Alice: *furrows brow* “You’re weird.”

At the end of the conversation, Alice skipped over to join her friends, and left me standing there, replaying the conversation. Did Alice think I was here serving out some Community Service Sentence? What on earth had made her think of such a thing?

And then I realised – if I wasn’t being paid to be here, and I wasn’t here under some kind of duress, if I hadn’t been made to do this by some authority or other; what other possible reason on earth would there be for me to turn up every week? 

I think it tells me rather a lot about Alice and how she sees the world.

I think it tells you rather a lot about me, too…..

Post a comment
Write a comment:

Related Searches